Double Feature: THE BIG HEAT + WICKED WOMAN
THE BIG HEAT (1953)
One of Fritz Lang's best Hollywood films tells the tale of a virtuous cop (Glenn Ford) out for revenge against the gangster who killed his wife. Assisting him in his one-man crusade against the city's corrupt power base is a kooky, sexy dame (Gloria Grahame, in perhaps her signature role) who's out for a little vengeance of her own. Featuring an all-time thuggish turn by a young Lee Marvin, THE BIG HEAT is as compact and compelling as any crime film ever made. (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR Fritz Lang; SCR Sydney Boehm, from the novel by William P. McGivern; PROD Robert Arthur. U.S., 1953, b&w, 89 min. NOT RATED
WICKED WOMAN in 35mm
In this racy little "B" movie, scarlet woman Beverly Michaels (PICKUP) cons saloon owner Richard Egan into bilking his boozy wife out of her dough, then toys with the affections of slavering devotee Percy Helton (as you've never seen him before). She plans on dumping both and leaving a dust trail to Mexico. Michaels was definitely director Russell Rouse's kind of woman: they married after making this picture — an extra twist to this juicy noir. Featuring a title song that's a cult favorite! (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR/SCR Russell Rouse; SCR/PROD Clarence Greene. U.S., 1953, b&w, 77 min. NOT RATED
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